Tell us about your medical school and residency programs you attended and why it made the top of your list.
I attended Temple University, in Philadelphia, for both medical school and my residency program. Temple was close to home for me which was great. I had positive interactions with the attendings during medical school and the residents seemed happy – it was an excellent experience.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
I came to realize the field of medicine was where I wanted to be completely by accident. Originally, my plan was to become a science teacher but realized I disliked teaching. Then, I tried to put science and kids together in a career and came up with Pediatrician. Meanwhile, that became my least favorite specialty.
What about becoming a physician was attractive?
For me, a physician has always been a respectable position within a community, and I am glad to have my own to give back to.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Emergency medicine was introduced to me during a pre-med summer program prior to my last year of college. While I loved to do procedures, I didn’t appreciate the long hours in the OR.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
Every day in the emergency department is different and no two patients are the same. Knowing anything could walk through the door is exciting. Also, I enjoy what can only be described as the “controlled chaos” that occurs in the emergency department as each new patient comes in.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
I had worked with Dr. Hundley previously at Novant Health – Rowan in the Emergency Department and she had recommended MEMA to me when a position opened.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you?
Yes, there are two instances which I remember vividly:
First, I had a close friend who came into Novant Presbyterian for chest pain. She had amazing care by Dr. Bowen who was more than willing to include me in caring for my friend and patient. Dr. Bowen’s inclusion shows how MEMA operates as one big family and looks out for one another.
Another instance occurred when a young woman in her early thirties who came in as a cardiac arrest patient. After some testing, it was determined she was pregnant with twins. Neither she or her family knew. Unfortunately, we had to operate a peripartum c-section and none of them made it. It was difficult sharing the news with the patient’s family that not only did their previously healthy family member pass, but she had been pregnant with twins and they too did not survive. Delivering bad news is by far one of the hardest things we must do as providers.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
Yes, I am a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I wanted to be a professional dancer and it is still my dream job!
What about Charlotte excites you?
Coming from Philadelphia, the weather here in Charlotte, as well as the cost of living, is much better. I love that it’s mostly a melting pot full of people from all over and I am exposed to a lot of different cultures.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
Dance. If Beyoncé called tomorrow…I’m not showing up for my shift. Also, I enjoy what I like to call being an “Experience Creator” and help to plan different events and parties. Also, I love to travel around the world, especially the Caribbean to participate in various Carnivals. So far, I’ve been to Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Toronto, Miami, and Houston.